While it may be something of a cliché now, the ‘Improve Don’t Move’ trend seems to have forgotten one of the simplest ways that people can breathe new life and character into their homes – namely, the control of light through dimmers.
People tend to overlook dimmer switches, instead defaulting to the paintbrush or the purchase of extra furnishings. But a quality dimmer such as those made by Lutron – whose founder invented the electronic dimmer switch in 1961 – can dramatically transform a living space.
Whether it’s changing a kitchen from workplace to intimate dinner location, or a living room from family gathering area into a sanctuary for the adults, Lutron’s high-tech dimmers can transform any space in the home. In fact, the precision nature of the company’s products means that dramatic or subtle changes can easily and quickly be made. Complementary lighting can be created for any mood or activity – whether that’s general ambient lighting, lighting for specific activities such as reading or accent lighting to emphasise particular features within a room.
As well as improving a living environment, controlling the lighting in your rooms can also help sell a home. In a competitive buyers market, your house needs to stand out from the rest, so clever use of light can make all the difference. Dimmers can be used to highlight particular features you are keen to draw attention to, whilst a welcoming space can be created to impress prospective buyers.
Using a dimmer also saves energy and money. When installed, dimmers allow you to use just the right amount of light, therefore reducing energy consumption significantly. By dimming lights by 10%, it is possible to save around 10% of energy. Dimmers also extend the life of halogen and incandescent bulbs – longer lasting bulbs mean fewer go into landfills. By using a quality engineered one from Lutron, you’re further enhancing your Green credentials; it’ll be more efficient and will last significantly longer.
This high-end engineering is complemented by a range of stylish, snap-on, faceplates to ensure the dimmers look as good as they function. Stockist information can be found via www.lutron.com/europe or 020 7702 0657.